It’s no secret many come to Belize for the marine life and lush jungles, and stay for the food, people and myriad experiences they didn’t know existed. While most visitors are eager to cross off the Great Blue Hole or San Pedro off their Belize Bucket List, there are underrated experiences that are worth a trip to Belize alone. If you’re ready to go off-the-beaten-path, Travel Belize takes us on 5 unique adventures you likely haven’t done yet!
1. Waterfall Rappelling
For those jungle junkies who get their fix from a good hike, this activity is a sure-fire way to get your blood pumping. One place where you can practice your rappelling skills is at Bocawina National Park. While secured on a harness plunging down the face of the waterfall, you will be able to appreciate the gushing waterfalls in a whole new way.
2. Tarpon Feeding
Caye Caulker is popular for many things, and one of them happens to be the Tarpon Feeding experience. Tarpons, weighing near 50 to 60 pounds, are giant fish that reside near the lagoon on Caye Caulker. For $5, you can buy a good number of sardines to feed these prehistoric-looking creatures. The tarpon leaping out of the water to snatch that snack off your hand is a thrilling experience you’ll want to do again and again!
3. Hokeb Ha Cave
Located in the southern district of Toledo, this cave is also known as Blue Creek Cave, close to the Mayan village of the same name. It holds a stunning waterfall and once you arrive at the entrance of the cave, you’ll notice a huge cavern inside with long vines and crystal-like narrow chambers. It lies atop a hill and inside clear blue water flows naturally, giving the cave its name.
4. River Pontoon Tour
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This tour takes place on a pontoon boat, the maximum speed it glides down the river is three to five miles per hour. The entire tour takes about 1.5 hours, with the guide taking you to different points along the river to spot wildlife. The boat has comfortable wooden seats with plenty of room to walk about and take photos of all the things you may spot. Heading up the river, the soothing sounds of birds and the wind make for a serene ambience. Coming back down, you have the option to ask the guide to crank some music onto the loud speakers situated at the back of the boat.
5. Maya Shaman Healing & Cleansing Ritual
Elijio Panti was a globally-known natural healer who lived in San Antonio Village in the Cayo District. When he passed away at the age of 103 in 1996, his descendant took up his knowledge and skills to continue the legacy. Today, you can actually book a Mayan Cleansing & Healing Ritual where a shaman will use herbs to cleanse your aura and help you heal, an unforgettable experience brought about by ancient traditions.
Written by the Belize Tourism Board. This article originally appeared on TravelBelize.org
Header photo by Boozing Abroad